?If you travel to Canada’s Thousand Islands region you can visit Boldt Castle, or what is left of it. In 1900 George Boldt, millionaire owner of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, decided to build a castle for his wife, a replica of a castle one might see in Europe’s Rhineland. He bought Hart Island and renamed it Heart Island. 
When he had already spent 2.5 million dollars, his wife died suddenly in 1904. Stricken with grief, he ordered construction halted immediately; and the castle was left open to the elements. In 1977, the Thousand Island Bridge Authority became owners of the castle and gradually restored it. The exterior is restored, but the interior is just as it was in 1904, partly finished and badly damaged by time.
What is significant about our lives is not the external but the internal.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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